Since March 2020, the Francis Crick Institute has rapidly transformed its labs to become a COVID 19 diagnostic testing facility and contribute to the testing capacity for healthcare staff and patients in the North London community as part of our response to the global pandemic.

This presentation will share the work involved in setting the Francis Crick Institute up as a COVID19 testing facility, highlighting the technological journey to support the testing efforts and the considerations taken into account in relation to data governance, the importance of data auditing throughout the pipeline and the progress to date.

Karen Ambrose is the Head of the Research Data Services/Databases Team at the Francis Crick Institute. Her team have responsibility for databases at the Crick, storing everything from genetic data collected by research groups to operational process information, working with teams to design and develop new databases and refining existing systems and contributing to data governance.

In addition to the day job, she is also the Chair of PRISM, Crick’s Race Equity staff network, sits on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, leads the work on the Race Equality Charter and is part of the Athena Swan Steering group where the Crick has recently been awarded the Bronze Athena Swan award.


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